Hyundai on new path
bit of a mongrel attitude. In some online forums there are complaints about the absence of satellite navigation and plaintive cries of ‘‘why isn’t it standard’’ — but, for me, this is a minor bugbear.
As with the plethora of smartphones currently on the market, you’d just be doubling up anyway.
This vehicle is well worth the price and will be a tough competitor for all other midsized sedans on the market.
It doesn’t hold back when it comes to features, either.
A real funky acronym is the AFLS (Adaptive Front Light System) which, unfortunately, I was unable to properly test. But the boys at the dealership raved about it. Put simply, they
are enhanced headlights which swivel in the direction you’re steering.
It’s one of those things that initially makes one scoff at but once you’ve experienced it, you just know it’s something that you can’t do without.
This car is packed with the kind of characteristics that make driving a real pleasure.
The headlights boast exceptionally bright LED daytime running lights — a highly visible safety feature which will pretty much forever negate the need for low beam in inclement weather or when driving at dusk.
Negatives? There is little scope for any real criticism, but if I had to nitpick it would be that the bonnet dips down rather alarmingly, in keeping with its contemporary looks.
This made it a bit harder than I’m accustomed to when it came to judging distance when parking. Apart from that minor flaw, without having to resort to hyperbole, it’s a car I’d consider buying.
The i40 is available from the NT Automotive Group (Hyundai) in Winnellie, on the Stuart Highway.
Call in there to see Mark Jipp (aka ‘‘Jippie’’), an old hand when it comes to selling cars in Darwin and take this impressive vehicle for a test-drive.
That, I guarantee, will make you marvel at how far Hyundai has come these past few years.
The responsive staff there can provide you with further details on this fine car.
Prices start at an affordable $29,990 — the vehicle I road-tested is the i40 Premium Sedan with the 1.7-litre CRDi turbo diesel engine and is available for $49,616 driveaway. Three words summarise the car: sleek, thoroughly modern.
The Hyundai i40 looks good from all sides and will be a tough competitor for all other mid-sized sedans on the market